Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ignorance about gun laws just annoys me...

As a result of the recent LEGAL carrying of firearms at a rally in Arizona, a first class idiot will no longer be traveling there:

PHOENIX — Well-known travel icon Arthur Frommer said he'll avoid visiting Arizona because state laws permit "thugs" and "extremists" to openly tote guns.

Frommer, the author of budget-travel guides, said on his blog Wednesday that he was "shocked beyond measure" by reports that protesters openly carried guns and rifles outside a Phoenix building where President Barack Obama spoke on Monday.

As a result, Frommer said he won't be spending his tourism dollars at the Grand Canyon, or anywhere else in Arizona, because he doesn't want to travel in a state where civilians carry loaded weapons as a means of political protest.

"I will cancel any plans to vacation or otherwise visit in Arizona until I learn more," Frommer wrote. "And I will begin thinking about whether tourists should safeguard themselves by avoiding stays in Arizona."

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon says he spoke with Frommer on Thursday and invited him to visit the city to clear up any possible misconceptions about safety.

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Now, I fully support this guy's decision to 'vote with his feet' and 'vote with his wallet,' however I find is annoying, and just a bit amusing that he won't be traveling to Arizona for the stated reasons. I think he needs to do a little research so he can expand the list of states he won't be visiting in order to avoid the ones that allow law abiding citizens to carry loaded firearms.

You can check out his blog entry where he explains his reasons here:

Personally, I think this guy is an idiot. I know his main reasons for boycotting Arizona are the fact that the guns were at a political rally. However, they were no where near the president, who was both inside a building and protected by the best measures available, period (and I'll as far as to say wouldn't have been a threat to him if these people had him surrounded).

It offends me that exercising a right such as this one is considered threatening and extremist. Replace second amendment with any other and their would be outrage at the reaction seen in both the media and the blog world.

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